The Intersection

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It was one of the largest public demonstrations in US history. On June 12, 1982, an estimated 750,000 protesters thronged Central Park in New York City, chanting “No nukes!” and bearing signs reading “Reagan is a bomb — both should be banned” and “Arms are for embracing.” Some demonstrators called for unilateral US disarmament, others for renewing arms control talks with the Soviet Union. It was a diverse coalition that had been pulled together by Ken Caldeira, a 25-year-old activist and computer geek. Back then he was paying the rent doing software consulting on Wall Street, but his passion for the environment would eventually lead him to become one of the nation’s leading experts on global warming.

Around the same time, at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory near San Francisco, Lowell Wood — then 41 and a protégé of the brilliant and controversial hydrogen bomb inventor Edward Teller — was leading a secretive team of young geniuses called the O Group. They weren’t merely working with the nukes that Caldeira and his fellow peaceniks reviled; they were dreaming up new and expanded uses for them. One plan called for channeling the energy of a hydrogen bomb into laser blasts that could theoretically destroy enemy ballistic missiles from outer space. It sounded crazy, but Wood and Teller’s ideas inspired President Reagan’s famous March 23, 1983, “Star Wars” speech introducing the Strategic Defense Initiative, the bane of arms-control advocates everywhere.

What’s surprising, then, is that today, 25 years later, Caldeira, the left-wing environmentalist, calls Wood, the Cold Warrior and Star Wars proselytizer, “one of my best friends.” Recently, they have collaborated on strategies for a process known as geoengineering….

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  1. #1 Alex
    June 26, 2008

    Chris, something to take note of (and/or blog about):

    some very interesting and breaking legislation.

  2. #2 Dark Tent
    June 29, 2008

    Reagan’s Star War’s “impermeable umbrella” was pure unadulterated fantasy.

    Not simply my “opinion”, but the assessment of some our nation’s pre-eminent physicists, including the late great Nobel laureate Hans Bethe, who noted that
    “The Star Wars system involved impossible tasks to make lasers of unheard of power [and then] to deploy them on satellites in space”

    Many of the geo-engineering ideas that I have read about seem to have the same “smell” about them. They all seem to presume that there “will be no unwanted effects”.

    Tell me another funny one.

    There is no suspension of Murphy’s law in this case (What can go wrong will go wrong).

    We’re talking about the only atmosphere we have folks. You want me to let some “genius” test his half-baked idea on it?

    I don’t think so.

    I have no problem allowing these people to keep fantasizing. I don’t even have a problem continuing to fund their fantasies.

    All I would ask is that please, don’t let them out into the real world where they can mess it up!

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